2020 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

The Syracuse University Office of Research is pleased to announce the internal competition for Syracuse University’s two applicants to this year’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program, which provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Program Information: Link to external program announcement
Number of Internal Nominees: 2
Internal Submission Due Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: Tuesday, November 27, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Eligibility for the Powe Awards is open to full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (Jan. 8, 2018 through Jan. 8, 2020) at the time of application. Only two nominations are allowed per institution.

Technical Areas

The research project must be in one of the following five areas:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

Funding Source and Duration

Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

This award can include funds for faculty summer salary. graduate student salary, travel equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award from ORAU or the university match.

Research Collaborations

Applicants are encouraged to develop research collaborations with government, private-sector, and other academic researchers. Such alliances enrich and extend not only the reach of your efforts, but the nation’s research enterprise, overall.

Because of the close working relationship between ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Award Committee particularly encourages collaborative interaction with ORNL. Thus, substantive interdisciplinary research and inter-institutional research partnerships will be considered as very positive factors in the review process, and will increase chances for success.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 2-page research proposal and a summary CV. Full details of application requirements may be found on the Syracuse University Application Portal.

Limited Submission Selection Process

If the number of proposals submitted exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered. Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated by former Powe Award winners from Syracuse University and other experts selected by the Office of Research. This group will rank the proposals in several categories, including:

  • Scientific/technical merit
  • Proposed method/approach
  • Applicant’s research performance competence/adequacy of facilities/resources to conduct the proposed research
  • Likelihood research will lead to fundable research and/or publishable work
  • Overall quality of application

Others’ expertise may be sought to assess the merit of the request and/or impact on Syracuse University.

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email on or before November 27. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than two submissions will be selected..

At the discretion of the Office of Research, internal proposals submitted past the internal deadline will be considered for a full submission to the sponsor, on a case-by-case basis, if the addition of a proposal would not exceed our institutional limit.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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